Straw splint mill

Made:
1800-1900 in England
Straw splint mill

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Straw splint mill
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Straw splint mill, English, nineteenth century.

A splint mill is a roller for straw, used in the straw plaiting industry -to make straw hats, for example.The gap between the rollers can be adjusted using the wooden screw on the side of the mill. Straw was steamed and bleached, and then passed through the splint mill several times, where it was squeezed to make it suitably soft for plaiting. Straw plaiting was a common domestic industry in rural areas - Luton in Bedfordshire was an important centre, and people from the surrounding area would plait straw at home and sell it to hat makers there. It is possuble that this splint mill comes from that area.

Details

Category:
Textiles Machinery
Object Number:
1976-409
type:
mill
credit:
Victoria and Albert Museum